The NPS Freshwater has been a significant driver to improve the quality of freshwater bodies. The development and implementation of land use policy to underpin these standards has unfortunately been delegated to our Regional Councils. Somewhat of a hospital pass. The result has been duplication of effort, inadequate resourcing of quality, evidence-based research, and a mish-mash of divergent policy - grand-parenting, sector allocation, land use capability, natural capital, take your pick - often based on short-term expedience and driven by vested interest advocates. New Zealand is well-overdue a national working party to evolve sustainable landuse templates for consistent application across all regions. This is a big, thorny issue, but so important for our future.
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